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31st FW kicks-off base defense readiness exercise

Airman 1st Class Brenden Kazmierczak, 31st Civil Engineer Squadron water and fuels technician, watches an excavator dig a crater during a base defense readiness exercise at Aviano Air Base, Italy, April 12, 2021. The 31st CES conducted Rapid Airfield Damage Repair (RADR) during the exercise, creating a stable base for a concrete mixture to pour into the crater. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Brooke Moeder)

Airman 1st Class Brenden Kazmierczak, 31st Civil Engineer Squadron water and fuels technician, watches an excavator dig a crater during a base defense readiness exercise at Aviano Air Base, Italy, April 12, 2021. The 31st CES conducted Rapid Airfield Damage Repair (RADR) during the exercise, creating a stable base for a concrete mixture to pour into the crater. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Brooke Moeder)

Tech. Sgt. Elliott Bercot, 31st Civil Engineer Squadron water and fuels system maintenance (WFSM) member, left, and Master Sgt. James Porter, 31st CES WFSM section chief, clear debris from a 60-inch wheel-saw during a base defense readiness exercise at Aviano Air Base, Italy, April 12, 2021. The 31st CES conducted Rapid Airfield Damage Repair (RADR) operations on the flightline and executed emergency operations center (EOC) events, fire protection, airfield damage assessment and more. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Brooke Moeder)

Tech. Sgt. Elliott Bercot, 31st Civil Engineer Squadron water and fuels system maintenance (WFSM) member, left, and Master Sgt. James Porter, 31st CES WFSM section chief, clear debris from a 60-inch wheel-saw during a base defense readiness exercise at Aviano Air Base, Italy, April 12, 2021. The 31st CES conducted Rapid Airfield Damage Repair (RADR) operations on the flightline and executed emergency operations center (EOC) events, fire protection, airfield damage assessment and more. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Brooke Moeder)

Senior Airman Joshua Carney, 31st Civil Engineer Squadron heavy equipment operator, mixes concrete during a base defense readiness exercise at Aviano Air Base, Italy, April 12, 2021. During the exercise, the 31st CES conducted Rapid Airfield Damage Repair (RADR) on the flightline and performed tasks such as upheaval marking, pavement cutting and excavation. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Brooke Moeder)

Senior Airman Joshua Carney, 31st Civil Engineer Squadron heavy equipment operator, mixes concrete during a base defense readiness exercise at Aviano Air Base, Italy, April 12, 2021. During the exercise, the 31st CES conducted Rapid Airfield Damage Repair (RADR) on the flightline and performed tasks such as upheaval marking, pavement cutting and excavation. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Brooke Moeder)

Airmen assigned to the 31st Civil Engineer Squadron spread concrete mixture into a crater during a base defense readiness exercise at Aviano Air Base, Italy, April 12, 2021. During Rapid Airfield Damage Repair (RADR) operations on the flightline, Airmen repaired 18 small craters in approximately eight hours. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Brooke Moeder)

Airmen assigned to the 31st Civil Engineer Squadron spread concrete mixture into a crater during a base defense readiness exercise at Aviano Air Base, Italy, April 12, 2021. During Rapid Airfield Damage Repair (RADR) operations on the flightline, Airmen repaired 18 small craters in approximately eight hours. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Brooke Moeder)

U.S. Airmen from the 31st Fighter Wing treat a patient with a simulated fractured leg during a base defense readiness exercise at Aviano Air Base, Italy, April 12, 2021. The exercise provided Airmen the necessary training to ensure proper readiness in the event of real-world, medical emergencies. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Ericka A. Woolever)

U.S. Airmen from the 31st Fighter Wing treat a patient with a simulated fractured leg during a base defense readiness exercise at Aviano Air Base, Italy, April 12, 2021. The exercise provided Airmen the necessary training to ensure proper readiness in the event of real-world, medical emergencies. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Ericka A. Woolever))

Senior Airman Casandra Feliciana, 31st Dental Squadron dental lab technician, right, talks to Airman 1st Class Kevin Biscocho, 606th Air Control Squadron radar frequency transmission technician, during a base defense readiness exercise at Aviano Air Base, Italy, April 12, 2021. The training was conducted to assess and improve the team’s proficiency in executing and implementing proper decontamination procedures in the event of a chemical, biological, radiological or nuclear incident. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Ericka A. Woolever)

Senior Airman Casandra Feliciana, 31st Dental Squadron dental lab technician, right, talks to Airman 1st Class Kevin Biscocho, 606th Air Control Squadron radar frequency transmission technician, during a base defense readiness exercise at Aviano Air Base, Italy, April 12, 2021. The training was conducted to assess and improve the team’s proficiency in executing and implementing proper decontamination procedures in the event of a chemical, biological, radiological or nuclear incident. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Ericka A. Woolever)

U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Moises Colon, 31st Security Forces Squadron area supervisor, left, attends to Senior Airman Stiphanie Cumbal, 510th Aircraft Maintenance Unit scheduler, during a base defense readiness exercise at Aviano Air Base, Italy, April 12, 2021. Simulated scenarios provide Airmen the opportunity to train for realistic situations they may face in a real-world contingency. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Ericka A. Woolever)

U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Moises Colon, 31st Security Forces Squadron area supervisor, left, attends to Senior Airman Stiphanie Cumbal, 510th Aircraft Maintenance Unit scheduler, during a base defense readiness exercise at Aviano Air Base, Italy, April 12, 2021. Simulated scenarios provide Airmen the opportunity to train for realistic situations they may face in a real-world contingency. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Ericka A. Woolever)

Airman 1st Class Anastasia Walker, 31st Dental Squadron dental lab assistant, left, escorts Airman 1st Class Christian DeJesus, 31st Maintenance Squadron aerospace ground equipment apprentice, during a base defense readiness exercise at Aviano Air Base, Italy, April 12, 2021. The exercise is intended to ensure 31st Fighter Wing Airmen operate to the highest levels of readiness. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Ericka A. Woolever)

Airman 1st Class Anastasia Walker, 31st Dental Squadron dental lab assistant, left, escorts Airman 1st Class Christian DeJesus, 31st Maintenance Squadron aerospace ground equipment apprentice, during a base defense readiness exercise at Aviano Air Base, Italy, April 12, 2021. The exercise is intended to ensure 31st Fighter Wing Airmen operate to the highest levels of readiness. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Ericka A. Woolever)

U.S. Airmen from the 31st Fighter Wing perform decontamination procedures
during a base defense readiness exercise at Aviano Air Base, Italy, April 12, 2021. The training was conducted to assess and improve the team’s proficiency in implementing and executing proper decontamination procedures in the event of a chemical, biological, radiological or nuclear incident. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Ericka A. Woolever)

U.S. Airmen from the 31st Fighter Wing perform decontamination procedures during a base defense readiness exercise at Aviano Air Base, Italy, April 12, 2021. The training was conducted to assess and improve the team’s proficiency in implementing and executing proper decontamination procedures in the event of a chemical, biological, radiological or nuclear incident. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Ericka A. Woolever)

Airman 1st Class Christian DeJesus, 31st Maintenance Squadron aerospace ground equipment apprentice, models a simulated wound during a base defense readiness exercise at Aviano Air Base, Italy, April 12, 2021. The exercise provided Airmen the opportunity to train for real-world situations during simulated scenarios. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Ericka A. Woolever)
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Airman 1st Class Christian DeJesus, 31st Maintenance Squadron aerospace ground equipment apprentice, models a simulated wound during a base defense readiness exercise at Aviano Air Base, Italy, April 12, 2021. The exercise provided Airmen the opportunity to train for real-world situations during simulated scenarios. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Ericka A. Woolever)

U.S. Airmen from the 31st Fighter Wing perform a code blue drill on a mannequin during an exercise at Aviano Air Base, Italy, April 12, 2021. Cardiac or respiratory arrest drills, known as code blue, are performed on mannequins to ensure proper readiness in the event of real-world, medical emergencies. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Ericka A. Woolever)
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U.S. Airmen from the 31st Fighter Wing perform a code blue drill on a mannequin during an exercise at Aviano Air Base, Italy, April 12, 2021. Cardiac or respiratory arrest drills, known as code blue, are performed on mannequins to ensure proper readiness in the event of real-world, medical emergencies. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Ericka A. Woolever)

AVIANO AIR BASE, ITALY --

U.S. Airmen from the 31st Fighter Wing are participating in Phoenix Rising, a base defense readiness exercise April 8-16.  The training is part of 31st FW efforts in maintaining the highest level of readiness.

 “These types of training are key for main operating base recovery operations,” said U.S. Air Force Master Sgt. James Porter, 31st Civil Engineer Squadron water & fuel system maintenance section chief.

Throughout the base defense readiness exercise the 31st CES conducted a variety of operations, including: Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear and Explosives (CBRNE) reconnaissance, fire protection, airfield damage assessment team training, rapid explosive hazard mitigation and rapid airfield damage repair.

Phoenix Rising also stressed the importance of CBRNE procedures, sporadically requiring Airmen to don mission-oriented protective posture (MOPP) gear which allows them to continue the mission in challenging and variable conditions.

“We practice so we are prepared,” said U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Tessie Odhiambo, 31st Force Support Squadron noncommissioned officer in charge of promotions.

Odhiambo explained how adaptability is important because although practicing with equipment over and over may be unvarying, it could save your life one day.

“[The exercise] gives medics a good opportunity to get out there and do hands on [training], to see what it is like to treat patients in the field,” said U.S Air Force Staff Sgt. Tyler Mattas, 31st Operational Medical Readiness Squadron aerospace medical technician.

Additional parts of the exercise encompassed training to assess and improve the team’s proficiency in implementing and carrying out proper decontamination procedures in the event of a CBRNE incident.

Overall, the base defense readiness exercise provided Airmen the opportunity to train for realistic situations they may face in a real-world combative environment.

“This exercise gave the wing the opportunity to train on their unit readiness mission sets,” said U.S. Air Force Master Sgt. Shellie Vincent, 31st FW Inspector General Office superintendent wing inspections. “It tested the wing’s capability to operate in a wartime defensive posture and respond to new threats including small unmanned aerial systems, cyber-attacks, communication outages, while in a potential chemical environment.  Each exercise assesses the wing’s risks and vulnerabilities as well as basic survival skills and the Wing Inspection Team develops scenarios to best evaluate those areas. We strive for max participation which helps build muscle memory, as repetition and experience are key to building individual and unit success.”